Dave Gibbons Talks Watchmen

Dave Gibbons talks Watchmen

Thank you, Den of Geek! Once again you’ve given us something to soil our collective Spider-Man themed Underoos. And trust me, there’s nothing sexier than a grown man in underoos. Call me, ladies.

The uber-geek site has provided the world with a stellar interview with ‘Watchmen’ co-creator Dave Gibbons covering his iconic work, the film adaptation and what he’s churning out these days.

The most important thing is that the Watchmen movie be a good movie,” said Gibbons when asked about the necessity of staying true to the original source material. “I think that as long as it’s true to the spirit of the comic book, and as long as – in broad strokes – it follows the plot and the characterizations…I don’t think you can ask for every individual detail to be replicated.”

That’s all we could ever ask for. I’ve read ‘Watchmen’ over a dozen times, kept my fingers crossed every time the prospect of it hitting the big screen hit the wires, wept when Terry Gilliam passed on it, and rejoiced that Zack Snyder was taking the helm. Still, if the geeks want authenticity, they can go back to the novel. If they want a great movie, they’ll hopefully slide into their seats with the same attitude that Gibbons has.

Unfortunately, Alan Moore has requested to have his name removed from the credits for personal reasons, and Gibbons, fairly equitably, discusses the decision.

I suppose I’m sorry that he can’t see his way to having his name on it, but it’s his decision and I respect it. My real feeling is that something which started off so creatively rewarding has actually come to a point where it can’t be by ‘Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’…in an ideal world, that’s what I would like,” said Gibbons.

Yet again, Gibbons understands that the story has moved beyond the page and into the camera’s lens. The rich drawings that he gave life to almost three decades ago are now suddenly in three dimensions and jumping out of his hands. Gibbons goes on to talk about cross-pollination between mediums, and throughout the interview, comes off as a really level-headed guy with some bright, sensible ideas about where he’s been and where he’s going.

Even if you’re a movie geek without (somehow) being a comic geek, you should read the rest of the interview to get a glimpse inside the mind of a man who is helping to deliver a movie that will most likely stick out in your mind come 2009.

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